Abstract for Next Colloquium
March 18, 2019
11:15am in PH1-223
Refreshments in HSCI-224 from 10:45-11:05am
Kev Abazajian - UC Irvine
Cosmology has entered a precision era, allowing to make inferences of the constituency of the Universe to the sub-percent level on quantities like the density of matter. The density of light, relativistic components like neutrinos can also be inferred, so that limits on the mass of the neutrinos are an order of magnitude stronger from cosmology than the laboratory, albeit with some important caveats. The neutrino sector could hold some surprises, including dark/sterile species that may constitute the dark matter. An unexplained line in X-ray astronomy may indicate a signal of this sort of dark matter, which has initiated several follow-up astronomical and laboratory searches.
Figure above: Neutrinos are the second most abundant known particle in the Universe. A special, sterile, neutrino could be the dark matter and may be seen in X-ray observations.
The Colloquium is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in physics and what physicists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in physics. All students are encouraged to attend for a well-rounded experience and training in physics.
The following Colloquia are on Mondays at 11:15am in PH1-223 unless otherwise noted.
|Date||Title||Speaker and Affiliation|
|March 25, 2019||Distinguished Lecture (technical). Probing topological protection of Bismuth nanowire hinge states. 11:00am in PH1-223||Sophie Guéron, Laboratoire de Physique des solides, Orsay France|
|March 27*, 2019||Distinguished Lecture (general). Probing topological protection of Bismuth nanowire hinge states. 10:00am in HSCI-100||Sophie Guéron, Laboratoire de Physique des solides, Orsay France|
|April 8, 2019||(TBD - Field: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics)||Chris Regan, UCLA|
|April 15, 2019||Sequencing DNA with Single Molecule Electronics||Phil Collins, UC Irvine|
|April 22, 2019||(TBD - Field: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics)||Ni Ni, UCLA|
|April 29, 2019||(TBD - Field: Condensed Matter Physics Theory)||Rosa di Felice, USC|
|May 6, 2019||Student Presentations I||Students, CSU Long Beach|
|May 8*, 2019||Student Presentations II||Students, CSU Long Beach|
*These Special Colloquia fall outside of the regularly scheduled Monday talks.
The following are Colloquia from this semester. The Colloquium Archive has the Colloquia from previous semesters.
|Date||Title||Speaker and Affiliation|
|March 11, 2019||Towards Rapid Sequencing of Individual DNA Molecules in Graphene Nanogaps||Henk Postma, CSU Northridge|
|March 4, 2019||Innovative Approaches in mm-Wavelength Cosmology: From Inflation to the Epoch of Reionization and Beyond||Abigail Crites, Caltech|
|February 20, 2019||The Anomalous Origin of Polymer Enhanced Oil Recovery||Shima Parsa, Harvard|
|February 18, 2019||Physics of Knots in Stretched DNA||Alexander Klotz, MIT|
|February 13, 2019||Visualizing brain chemistry using optical nanomaterials||Jackson Travis Del Bonis-O'Donnell, UC Berkeley|
|February 11, 2019||Optical Imaging with Super-resolution and Light Sheet Microscopy to Unravel Transient Processes in Live Cells, Tissues and Organisms||Per Niklas Hedde, UC Irvine|
|February 4, 2019||Materials Science, Where Chemistry and Physics Meet||Shahab Derakhshan, CSU Long Beach|
|January 28, 2019||Improving Tests of Quantum Entanglement by using Light from Distant Quasars||Jason Gallicchio, Harvey Mudd College|
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